- Lewandowski finishes 2015/16 Bundesliga top scorer on 30 goals.
- First player in 38 years to hit the 30-goal mark.
- Pays special thanks to Bayern fitness coach.
Personal trainers are renowned motivators, but the man in FC Bayern München goal machine Robert Lewandowski's corner might just be the best in the business.
Not a week went by without Bayern fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura reminding the Poland international how many more strikes he needed to reach the golden 30-goal mark - a feat he achieved in the 25-time Bundesliga champions' 3-1 win over relegated Hannover 96 on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign.
'It's been decades'
"Before the season started, Lorenzo told me to score 30 goals," Lewandowski recalled from inside a positively bouncing Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon. "He told me how many more I still needed to score before each game. I'm delighted because I knew from the start how difficult it was going to be."
So difficult, in fact, that he is the first player to do so since 1. FC Köln's Dieter Müller rattled off 34 goals in 1976/77, with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both falling one short of a place in the exclusive club in 1981 and 2012 respectively.
"You're not talking about a couple of years without a player scoring 30, but rather decades," emphasised Bayern captain Philipp Lahm. "Obviously the team also have a big part to play for him to be in a position to score the goals in the first place."
All for one, one for all
Bayern's real musketeer spirit was encapsulated in one selfless moment on Matchday 34 when Lewandowski passed up the chance to bring up a 31st goal of the season in favour of letting Mario Götze ripple the back of a Bundesliga net for the first time since October. Most strikers would not have thought twice about a teammate's ills, but the 2015/16 Torschützenkönig is no ordinary player.
"I knew Mario needed it, so I left it," Lewandowski said, having already usurped FC Schalke 04's Huntelaar as the Bundesliga's leading non-German marksman for a single campaign.
There were countless other records along the way - his five goals in nine second-half minutes against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 6 the most memorable of the bunch - as Bayern's prolific No.9 fired his way to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts for the second time in his career and almost certainly not the last.